Book Talk: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Book Talk: The Orphan Queen by Jodi MeadowsThe Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #1
Published by Katherine Tegan on March 10, 2015
Genres: YA Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: For Review

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!




Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”



As a child Princess Wilhelmina watched as her kingdom got overtaken by the Indigo Kingdom and her parents and the rest of the nobility were killed. The children of the nobility, like Wilhelmina, were taken as orphans to live in the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. They broke out of the orphanage and for years have formed a group called the Ospreys who intend to take back their kingdom and give Wilhelmina her throne. The next phase of the plan becomes more dangerous and includes infiltrating the palace to gain more information which is a task for Wilhelmina and Melanie. With the wraith that has been destroying kingdoms moving closer to the kingdoms, the stakes are even higher.

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(plus a whole lot of F BOMBS in a text to Alexa)

a4OH MAN. Fans of action-packed and exciting YA fantasy with kickass ladies? Check this one out for sure!! I could NOT put it down. I’m usually pretty strict about getting to bed on time but I kept saying “just one more chapter” like 10 times before I finally could pry myself away from it (and that was only because of necessity to be functioning in the morning).

What had me up reading it so late??

1. ESPIONAGE & vigilante justice: I love espionage, you guys. I loved watching Wil and Melanie (who are badasses) infiltrate themselves into the palace posing as refugees of nobility from a kingdom that has been destroyed by the wraith. I loved watching them carefully learn what they needed to know and carry out tasks that would help them take back their kingdom all while in the comfort of their enemies home. There were those hold-your-breath type moments because there is ALWAYS the high risk of being caught. I also liked how she did begin to see some of her enemies as people as she got to know them. I think she understood that not everything was as black and white as she thought before. In addition to the espionage there is a character named Black Knife who is a complete unknown but this person goes around catching people who use magic and turning them in. Wil and her gang have crossed paths with him but she ends up face to face with him again. I love how his character is slowly unraveled and become more complex. Plus their relationship is interesting especially since he catches people who use magic and she USES it! If you haven’t read Orphan Queen yet… MAYBE skip this sentence if you want to go in 100% blind. (I TOTALLY CALLED WHO Black Knife was!!)

2. I love books where characters rise up to take back their kingdom: I’ve read 2 books in a row somehow where this was this case (Finnikin of the Rock was the other) and I LOVE IT. Wil’s family was killed. All the nobility was killed. Her kingdom was taken. She and many other children from the nobility families were spared but orphaned. I love how they broke themselves free and have been plotting FOR YEARS to take back their kingdom and give Wil her rightful place on the throne. I love the dynamics of the Ospreys — especially the one between a character who has become a leader within the group even though, when the kingdom is theirs, that Wil will be queen. At times I wondered how the orphans, being so young and cut off from the people that they are hoping to gather up to rebel with them, were going to pull it off but I think their resourcefulness from surviving all these years made them quite smart and cunning. Though at times I was confused with how many THINGS/missions they were involved in at the same time vs. how many people there were in the Ospreys. It seemed like they bit off more than they could chew and were stretched thin? Or that was my impression as of right now?

3. The magic element: Okay so the other side of this whole situation, besides taking back the kingdom, is that there is this wraith that is DESTROYING kingdoms and causing chaos and havoc. And it’s getting WORSE and closer to them. Some believe using magic is what causes it. This is why Wil’s kingdom was taken over because they wouldn’t sign the treaty that would cease the use of magic in their kingdom. To be honest, the wraith thing is a little confusing — I don’t really understand how it works or what causes it — but neither do the leaders of the kingdoms. Nobody TRULY understands it which makes it SUPER terrifying and detrimental to figure out how to stop it. There is a whole lot of unknown that they have to piece together to even have a chance. Wilhelmina magic is super interesting and I loved how as she used it, she begun to realize even MORE about her own magic and if somehow she can help stop the wraith.

4. THINGS that happen at the ending: I will not say anymore than MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER but basically I did a lot of THIS toward the end:



factors+ plot, page-turning abilities, twists
–  LIKED the characters but didn’t feel that surge of LOVE for them YET

Re-readability: I would maybe revisit as a refresher before book 2.
Would I buy a copy for my collection? Maybe!

a5YA fantasy fans (esp maybe those who are newer to the genre or those who aren’t wanting a more DENSE  fantasy series…this one is a duology plus novellas, I believe), people who like espionage and saving kingdoms, readers who like magic in their fantasy

a8The Orphan Queen was one I could NOT put down. There was so much to catch my interest and keep me reading — espionage, mystery man practicing vigilante justice, orphaned princess wanting to take back her kingdom, a bit of romance, magic, betrayals and shocking moments galore! It was an exciting read and I can’t wait for the second book. Think it’s totally the perfect book for newer fantasy readers because the setup isn’t AS slow or dense as some can be (from my experience thus far).


The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows book review

a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?
On a scale of 1-10 how much did you just lose it at the ending??



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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I was totally prepared to skip this one because I really cannot bring myself to get invested in another fantasy series, but now you’ve said it’s only a duology…I’m sold. I’ll wait til the second book is out before reading this one, but from the sounds of things, I’m going to really enjoy The Orphan Queen!

    • YES! I was always going to read it but I was like MANNNN let’s just add this to the list of series I’m in the middle of and then a friend who is close with Jodi told me it would be 2 books and some novellas.

  2. wow cool review, I will definitely check this book out ! 🙂

  3. Cool, thanks. I have this one on my radar to keep an eye out for. It sounds as if I’ll enjoy it

  4. Must Read ASAP!! I am currently on an adult fiction kick but as soon I am feeling it This will definitely be one my first reads!

  5. I haven’t read this. I have only heard and seen reactions to the ending and that terrifies me. TERRIFIES ME, JAMIE.

    I feel like I need to be closer to book 2 before I risk my heart. So for now, the copy is sitting prettily on my shelf, taunting me.

  6. Espionage, magic, betrayals — this sounds totally up my alley! I’ve enjoyed the first two Incarnate books by Jodi Meadows, and I’m looking forward to reading The Orphan Queen hopefully sometime soon. Gah, I need to know what the MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER is! *Runs out to find book*

  7. I’m dying to read this one, and I’m hoping I’ll have a quiet night at work so I can read it as soon as my Kindle copy downloads, but I’m not sure if reading the whole book will be a good idea, because handling the cliffhanger at work might be a bad idea!

  8. Haha! I’m so happy you’re enjoying the fantasy books you’ve been reading. I used to think that all the fantasy books I was reading was just a phase, but now I’m pretty sure I’m permanently in love.

  9. Oh my gosh…I just finished this one like a week and a half ago and I LOVED it. I also said a few harsh words at the end and was a bit upset that Jodi Meadows would do such a thing to me but AH! It was so good. I can’t wait for more people to read it and love it and be crushed by it (in the best way possible). Glad you liked it!

  10. I’m excited to read this one soon 🙂 I just picked up Incarnate from the library today – fingers crossed that I’ll enjoy it as much as most people have!

  11. Wow, this sounds absolutely awesome. I’ve seen a few comments about this book floating around but nothing has convinced me I need this book in my life as much as your review, so thank you! I can’t wait to get stuck in now!

  12. It seriously warms my heart to know that you enjoyed The Orphan Queen (and your first Jodi Meadows book)! The characters, the world, the plot – everything is just carefully, cleverly crafted in this novel, and I really think that it’s going to be even more epic to find out what happens next 🙂